This Commission discerns needs of persons in the parish and wider community, especially the poor and needy, and identifies resources to meet those needs enlisting the active cooperation of parish members. This Commission fulfills the justice dimensions of Holy Scripture and our Church tradition acknowledging that every Christian is called to service and to work for justice, including Respect Life efforts. The commission’s scope of responsibility is two-fold:
- to meet immediate needs; and
- to work for changes in the structures of society that are oppressive.
Commission members are not responsible to do all of the Commission’s work, but rather to involve others in actively accepting the responsibility of their baptism, as members of Christ’s Body, the Church. The commission works with community groups and other parishes to help address and solve related problems. They keep parishioners aware of issues relating to justice, peace, hunger and the homeless on local, national and international levels so that appropriate Christian action on such issues can be determined.
This commission is not yet formally established and it is a goal of the parish to activate as soon as willing participants are recruited.